You’ve found the perfect artist, put down your deposit, gone through your consultation, sat through the pain, and walked out of that tattoo studio with the tattoo of your dreams. Now what? Now it’s time to ensure that your gorgeous new piece of artwork stays that way! Here are our top tips to make sure that your tattoo stays bright and beautiful for years to come!
Your artist will most likely have tips that may vary, so listen to their advice first. They’re the artist who knows how to care for their particular tattooing techniques the best, but here are a few basics.
1. Leave your bandage or tattoo covering on for three to four hours after your tattoo is finished. Your artist will instruct you on exactly how long to keep the bandage there. This process is collecting a lot of the goop, blood, and even ink from the fresh tattoo, so keep it on! You don’t want to ruin any new clothes or overly expose it at first.
2. Make sure to wash your new tattoo several times a day with a soft, non-scented, antibacterial soap to keep it clean and avoid potential infection. Make sure to do this for seven to ten days or until the tattoo is more or less healed. Remember, never touch your tattoo unless you have just washed your hands!
3. For the first few days (we suggest 4-5 days) after washing the tattoo make sure to apply an ointment to keep it hydrated. A great ointment to use that can be picked up at a drug store is Burt's Bees Hand Salve. Use this sparingly! A thin layer is better than drowning the tattoo in goo and will help it heal faster.
4. After the first few days of using ointment switch to a non-scented lotion after you wash your tattoo. Aveeno or Eucerin are great brands available at drug stores and come in both large bottles as well as convenient travel sizes, which are perfectly sized to fit in your pocket or purse.
5. For the first week avoid wearing tight clothing that might rub up against your tattoo as well as sleeping on your tattoo so you don’t agitate the healing process.
6. While the tattoo is healing avoid going into large bodies of water (pool, ocean, hot tubs, etc.) and exposure to the sun for the first two weeks. This could damage the tattoo in the healing process. Showers are fine, just don't scrub the tattoo, wash it with your hand and soapy water.
7. Continue this process until the tattoo is healed, and remember, don’t pick, peal or scratch any scabbing or hard layers. These hard layers are pretty normal and picking them off could damage or remove color.
8. If you have any questions call the shop and speak to one of us. We're here to help.